In the Words of Sport Magazine: Larry Craig

In the same “Packers of Green Bay” article from the December 1946 issue of Sport Magazine from which I quoted last week about Moose Mulleneaux, there is a nice passage about one of the more unsung men in Packer history, Larry Craig. Craig played blocking back on offense, leading the way on almost every running play. On defense, the burly 6’1” 210 pounder known as “Superman” moved up to play defensive end so the slightly-built Don Hutson could slide back a play safety. Not only did Craig provide sturdy front line on defense, Hutson garnered 33 interceptions in the defensive backfield from 1939-45 after grabbing just five in his first four seasons while playing on the line. Craig twice earned All-Pro notice during his 11 years in Green Bay from 1939-49.

Author Jack Sher wrote:

There have only been a couple of blocking backs as great as Craig. One of them was the Michigan bowler-over, Forrest Evashevski, the other was Ernie Pinkert of Southern California. Larry is a fine-looking, beautifully-built, easy-going guy from South Carolina. He has paved the way for more Packer touchdowns from running plays than any man in the team’s history. A blocking back never gets the glory, and I asked Craig how he felt about this.

“I’ll tell you when I feel good,” he said, “It’s when I crack a guy solid and watch the guy behind me with the ball go sailing into the clear. It gives me a clean, swell feeling.”

Craig was the biggest man on his squad at South Carolina, but he felt like a midget when he came to the Packers. Hinkle and Isbell and Baby Ray, then the stars of the team, took him in hand and gave him the confidence that he needed to go on to greatness.

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Craig custom cards are colorized.

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